In this episode of Precision Turbo Talks, Tristan Kimpel of Precision Turbo & Engine discusses the key automotive systems and components people should upgrade when adding a turbocharger to their engine.
There are five key areas to focus on, Kimpel says.
1. Upgrade your fuel system.
When you go to a turbocharged application, you’re adding more air. So you need more fuel, Kimpel says. Fuel injectors, fuel pumps, and fuel filters are the usual suspects for upgrading.
2. Adding an engine management system.
A sophisticated self-learning ECU can help you achieve an optimized air/fuel ratio.
3. Upgrading your cooling system.
Turbocharged engines produce more heat. Heat robs your engine of power. Upgrading your cooling system is an important factor in minimizing the negative impact of that excess heat. An air-to-air intercooler is one way to improve your cooling system, Kimpel says.
4. A good boost control system.
“Properly sized wastegates help tame the beast,” Kimpel says.
5. Upgrading to a high-grade synthetic motor oil.
Turbochargers ask more of the engine because you’re putting more load on it. The added load generates more heat, which introduces more heat to the oiling system. You want to make sure to use a high-grade synthetic oil to deal with that extra heat, Kimpel says.